Category: Psychology & Self-Improvement

Getting Off the Emotional Carousel

When I feel like I am trapped on an emotional carousel, I remember this information about the physiological lifespan of emotions within our bodies. It comes from Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, a neuroanatomist that suffered a stroke and chronicled her recovery from neuro trauma in her book, My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal […]

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How to Empower Yourself When You Feel Powerless and Helpless

Or, if we start considering options, we zero in on the potential threats, she said. We fear we’ll make the wrong decision, and feel deep regret. Sometimes, people feel powerless and helpless because they’ve been regularly invalidated or treated as incompetent—and “it can be incredibly challenging to know how much power and influence you actually […]

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Psychology Around the Net: September 14, 2019

Substance Use in the Food Service Industry: The American Addiction Centers recently conducted a survey that sheds some light on substance use among workers in the food service industry, an industry that is often stereotyped for drug and alcohol use. Among some of the findings: 10% of workers report they work while under the influence […]

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Four Things We Can Learn from Meditation Anxiety

Recognizing when worries don’t warrant “fight or flight” mode Anxiety is inescapable; hard-wired into human physiology. It is, primarily, a survival tool called our “fight or flight” response because it primes us for avoiding threats in the wild.  However, the bodily changes it engenders are often (in our relatively safe modern world) misplaced and unpleasant.  […]

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Secondhand Drinking: Alcohol Can Affect Everyone Around You

Or at least that’s the story I like to tell myself. In reality, there were countless people affected by my drinking. From the landlords I didn’t pay and the employers I worked for while intoxicated to the innocent cashiers who had to help my slurring and sloppy ass at grocery stores and liquor stores and […]

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Lessons on Compassion: Why It’s Good for Us and How We Can Do More of It

Surprising Benefits of Compassion Interestingly, by expressing compassion, not only does the recipient of the compassion benefit, but so too, does the one giving compassion. Some of these many benefits to the person expressing compassion include reduced levels of cellular inflammation, increased perceptions of happiness and an experience of pleasure, a buffering effect against stress, […]

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Podcast: Mass Shootings and Mental Illness

Join us for a nuanced discussion with Dr. John Grohol, the founder of PsychCentral.com, as he explains how media bias and slanted reporting have contributed to the myths and misunderstandings of who is violent in America. SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW Guest information for ‘Mass Shootings and Mental Illness’ Podcast Episode John M. Grohol, Psy.D. is a […]

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Three Crucial Challenges for Today’s Fathers

1. Developing as a Parent Parenting roles continue to evolve, and many fathers take a more active role in raising children. And research on parenting styles clarifies the need for fathers to be both supportive and demanding. Relationships require consistent attention and having rituals that build the parent-child bond are crucial. Trust, autonomy, and initiative […]

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How to Build Confidence & Self-Esteem After a Job Loss

In the midst of unemployment, it’s easy to lose hope and wallow in your low self-esteem, but you can learn how to build confidence again and take back your life. Losing or getting fired from your job can seem like the end of the world. You might feel disbelief, anger, sadness, uncertainty, fear, and even […]

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How to Listen to Yourself—Especially If You’re Really Out of Practice

When was the last time you said yes and actually meant it—you genuinely wanted to attend that get-together or take on that project or do that favor? So many of us don’t listen to ourselves—and with good reason. Ignoring and dismissing our thoughts, feelings, and needs can be adaptive in certain situations—particularly in childhood. According […]

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Boost Your Happiness by Nurturing Your Ecological Self

We don’t stand alone in this world, yet we often keep the dial that shapes our lives on “separateness” versus “connectedness.” While some people call themselves “Earthlings,” this reference to self isn’t common. Yet, we all live on and have evolved from Planet Earth. This makes us all Earthlings. Attention to this fact can enrich […]

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Forgiveness as a Self-Healing Tool

Thirty years before, a man had brutally raped her. She’d spent three weeks in hospital, and has physical handicaps from it to this day. The court hearing was even more traumatizing. He showed no remorse. His story was that she’d initiated contact, invited sex, then backed out at the last minute, hitting him and scratching […]

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5 Surprising Ways to Make the Most of Therapy

This is why we asked two seasoned therapists to share actionable strategies readers can use in their sessions to build on and bolster their experience. Below are five surprising and vital ways you can make the most of therapy. Talk about therapy in therapy. It might seem strange—and super awkward—to talk about what’s happening between […]

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